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Experts and commentators reacted with various opinions Tuesday to the news of Princess Kiko’s pregnancy but all agreed it will likely affect public opinion and delay discussions on whether females and their descendants should be allowed to ascend the throne.

“If a boy is born, he will be a direct descendant of the Emperor and public opinion may change,” said writer Naoki Inose. The pregnancy “was unexpected and it is better to discuss a revision of the Imperial Household Law after the baby is born.

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